Olga Olivares: Dichos and Other Mexican Traditions

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Historian Olga Olivares talks about the meaning and significance of dichos in Mexican culture
Thursday, June 4, 2009
8:30pm @ Central Library

To celebrate the exhibit, Dichos: Words to Live, Love, and Laugh By in Latin America, the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., welcomes historian Olga Olivares. Her presentation, titled Dichos and Other Mexican Traditions, will take place on Thursday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Called “a living treasury of traditional Mexican sayings, songs, stories, and crafts,” Olivares was born in Texas and raised in Nebraska in a bilingual family rich in the Mexican-American cultural tradition. She has served as a community outreach worker as well as a consultant to both the Nebraska Historical Society and the Mexican-American Commission for the State of Nebraska.

Olivares will share insightful dichos and talk about their meaning and significance in Mexican culture.

Admission is free. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.

The exhibit Dichos: Words to Live, Love and Laugh By in Latin America remains on display through Sunday, June 21 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Truck and bus drivers in many parts of Latin America take great delight in inscribing dichos, a saying, proverb, or amusing expression, on the bumpers and other surfaces of their vehicles as a way of conveying their personal feelings and worldviews to a broad audience.

The story of dichos is told through color photographs accompanied by select miniature dichos-laden vehicles. This exhibition is a colorful exploration of a Latin American folk art that was meant to be seen and read on the road.

This exhibit is a program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, with the Missouri Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.